Oregon favored by Three Scores (-23.5) over UCLA on Saturday

Saturday night the UCLA Bruins head north to take on the Oregon Ducks in what is expected to be a high scoring affair. The Ducks have received a boost this week with the news, that all-purpose running back De’Anthony Thomas will return from injury. His presence in the backfield for Oregon will only add to the multiple threats the offense already has.

These two teams are two of the most profitable for bettors. Oregon enters the matchup No. 2 in the nation with a record of 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS. UCLA is ranked No. 12 and is 5-1 SU as well as ATS.

Both teams lost against the spread for the first time last week. The Ducks beat Washington State by the score of 63-28 but did not cover a spread of 40 points, while UCLA lost straight up to Stanford 24-10 as a 4.5-point underdog.

The game will match two of the country’s best dual threat quarterbacks, Marcus Mariota for Oregon and Brett Hundley for UCLA. Mariota has taken part in 28 touchdowns this season 19 passing and 9 rushing. Hundley has 16 – 13 passing and 3 rushing, but has played on less game.

The line currently has Oregon favored by a 23-point margin, with the point total for the over/under on 71.5. The line opened with the Ducks at -21.5 on most sites like topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com. However, it was bet up to its current -23 on most sites including Bovada by Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday up to -23.5.

Oregon is 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS in their past four games against UCLA. However, last season the two did not play and in 2011, the Ducks won at home 49-31, but did not cover a spread of 31.5 points. The final points were over the total of 66.5.

The Bruins are 7-1 ATS over their past eight games after losing ATS. The Ducks are 6-2 ATS over their past eight games at home. The OVER has cashed 28-9-1 in the past 38 games overall for Oregon. Over the past 10 head-to-head meetings between the two schools, the underdog has a record of 7-3 ATS.

The Bruins offensive line has nagging injuries and has true freshmen at right tackle and right guard. Hundley was sacked at Stanford four times.

The UCLA defense is the best Oregon has faced, but the Ducks are scoring 57.6 points a game, which is second only to Baylor. The team slipped to third behind Florida State in the BCS rankings so they will want to come out and make a huge statement at the expense of UCLA.

Pick: The Ducks big 52-24

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